According to the WHO, over 125 million international travellers visit countries endemic with malaria every year.

Malaria is one of the world’s most common and life-threatening diseases. Proper medical intervention in the early stages of infection usually leads to a full recovery.

However, sometimes health care overseas, particularly in developing countries, is not always reliable.


Malaria can occur in pockets of many tropical and subtropical countries, it can be resistant to some anti-malarial medications and it is more prevalent at certain times of the year.

Travellers in moderate to high risk areas generally take insect avoidance measures and preventative medications where necessary.

Travel Clinics Australia recommends travellers visit a Travel Clinic if they are visiting a malaria zone, are unsure if they require anti-malarial medication and/or to discuss anti-malarial options and insect avoidance measures.

TCA clinics stock a range of antimalarials medications and insect avoidance products.

Signs and symptoms of malaria may vary and include: fever, chills, headache, muscle aches and weakness, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, hallucinations and convulsions.